Lack of individuality/Encouraging Conformity
The conformist nature of traditional business curriculum sprang largely from the similar manner in which traditional corporate cultures were constructed (I’ve had the misfortune of being a part of such over starched corporate cultures). The most recent trends in company culture have made it incumbent on business schools to produce business people who not only revel in their individuality but can draw on their uniqueness to synthesize new and innovative solutions to problems.
Lack of flexibility/too much bureaucracy
One of the things that I’m looking for in an MBA program is the freedom to craft my own education. I believe that we are in the midst of a renaissance in education where the idea of formal learning will transcend merely being planned and will become something that is actively pursued based on the intrinsic motivation and unique interests of the individual.
The notion that the same business student who will be expected to make decisions that can affect millions of dollars in revenue–if not lives–is somehow seen as incapable of having valuable input on what kind of development he or she will need to get to that point is absurd. What is the point of screening for the most intelligent adults if they are treated like kindergartners upon matriculation?
At any rate, if you’d like to view all or some of the video that has put me into this thinking space, I’ve attached the link below.
MBAOver30 offers the perspective of a 30-something, California-based entrepreneur who is applying to Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, MIT, Northwestern, Berkeley, UCLA and the University of Southern California. He hopes to gain acceptance to the Class of 2015 and blogs at MBAOver30.
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